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School Tax Relief Program (STAR) | NYS Department of Taxation/ NYC Department of Finance

1. How it Works

STAR provides property tax relief to New York State’s homeowners. It lowers the tax burden on New York residents who live in school districts.

  • Basic STAR is for all homeowners and worth about $300 credit, Enhanced STAR is for people 65 and older and is worth about $600
  • If you’re eligible for the STAR credit, you’ll receive a check for the amount of your STAR savings
  • Senior citizens getting STAR may also be eligible for the Senior Citizens Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE)
  • You do not need to register for STAR if you are a longtime homeowner with an existing STAR exemption

2. Determine your eligibility

There are two types of STAR credits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR. To be eligible for both, you should be able to answer yes to all of these questions:

  • Is the property the primary home of at least one of the owners?
  • Do you live in one of the following types of housing?
    • a house
    • a condo
    • a cooperative apartment
    • a manufactured home
    • a farm house
    • a mixed-use property, including apartment buildings (only the owner-occupied portion is eligible)

For Basic STAR, you should also be able to answer yes to this additional question:

  • Is the combined income of all owners who live in the home and their spouses $500,000 a year or less?

For Enhanced STAR, you should also be able to answer yes to these additional questions:

  • Will you, or one of your siblings or spouse who live in the home, be 65 or older by December 31st?
  • Is the combined income of all owners who live in the home and their spouses $86,000 a year or less?

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3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Driver’s license or official photo I.D.
  • Passport

Proof of your income

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

You can register for the STAR credit online in just a few minutes. Your application will be reviewed automatically to see if you are eligible for Basic or Enhanced STAR.

Register online

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the STAR website for more information.

Email STAR

Email the NYC Department of Finance if you have question about STAR.

Call 311

Ask about the School Tax Relief Program.

Visit a center

Find a center to get help in person.

Updated June 21, 2018